How the Laws of Physics Lie

Paperback | November 1, 1994

byNancy Cartwright

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In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, Nancy Cartwright argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe the regularities that exist in nature. Yet she is not `anti-realist'. Rather, she drawsa novel distinction, arguing that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but that the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.

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In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, Nancy Cartwright argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe the regularities that exist in nature. Yet she is not `anti-realist'. Rather, she drawsa novel distinction, arguing that theoretica...

Nancy Cartwright is Professor Philosophy, London School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198247044

ISBN - 13:9780198247043

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`The author introduces fresh ideas about every topic she discusses. Any philosopher will learn from this book, and will enjoy it as well.' Geoffrey Joseph, Philosophical Review